THERE was a 9.1 per cent increase in the number of planning permit applications received in the 2013-14 financial year, according to the eleventh annual report on planning permit activity that was released this month by the Victorian Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.
According to the report, which uses data from the state's 79 local government authorities as well as the Minister for Planning and the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal (VCAT), a total of 56,411 permit applications were received in 2013-14, compared to 51,710 in 2012-13.
Other key findings of the report include:
- The number of permits decided was 48,018, about the same as 2012-13;
- The estimated cost of works for planning permits issued was $19.8 billion, a decrease of 9.0 per cent compared to 2012-13;
- The average cost of works per permit issued was $427,508, compared to $471,244 in the previous year;
- The average fee per application received was $501 in 2013-14 compared to $456 in 2012-13;
- The total value of fees for applications received was approximately $28.3 million in 2013-14, compared to $23.6 million in 2012-13;
- 67 per cent of applications were decided within sixty days, compared to 66 per cent in 2012-13;
- Permits issued for new dwellings provided for an estimated increase of 50,876 new dwellings;
- Permits issued for subdivision provided for an estimated 37,053 new lots;
- 18.7 per cent of permits issued involved a change in land use; most of these to a residential use; and
- There were 1,626 reviews lodged at VCAT in 2013-14, compared to 2,326 in the previous year.
In the Melbourne metropolitan region, inner and middle urban areas accounted for the biggest rise in the number of applications, with 24,376 applications received in 2013-14 – an increase of 21.6 per cent compared to the 20,049 applications received in 2012-13.
The outer urban and growth areas of the metropolitan region also experienced increases, with the number of applications received in 2013-14 growing by 4.5 per cent to 10,629 and 6.1 per cent to 5,528 respectively. However, rural Victoria experienced a slight fall in the number of permit applications received. In 2013-14, 15,878 applications were received, compared to 16,277 in 2012-13.
While 66 per cent of planning applications were decided within 60 days, the average gross days to Responsible Authority determination was 122 (compared to 127 in 2012-13) and the median processing days to Responsible Authority determination was 76 (no change since 2012-13).
A total of 20,944 applications required public notice in 2013-14; more than 16,000 applications were referred to an external authority; and 22,023 were subject to further information requests.
As in previous years, the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council received the most planning permit applications in 2013-14 (a total of 2,420 compared to 2,695 in 2012-13 ). This was followed by:
- Boroondara (2,267 in 2013-14 compared to 1,641 in 2012-13);
- Moreland (1,961 in 2013-14 compared to 1,466 in 2012-13);
- Greater Geelong (1,827 in 2013-14 compared to 1,585 in 2012-13);
- Yarra (1,727 in 2013-14 compared to 1,601 in 2012-13);
- Stonnington (1,646 in 2013-14 compared to 1,436 in 2012-13);
- Banyule (1,621 in 2013-14 compared to 1,391 in 2012-13);
- Yarra Ranges (1,599 in 2013-14 compared to 1,666 in 2012-13); and
- Port Phillip (1,532 in 2013-14 compared to 1,404 in 2012-13).
Note: the figures for the 2013-14 annual report do not contain data from Hepburn Shire Council.
The Planning Permit Activity in Victoria Annual Report 2013-14 is available from the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure website at <http://www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/planning/planning-applications/planning-permit-activity-in-victoria/annual-report-2013-14>.